Teesside offshore engineers Ennsub fly in customers for milestone equipment demo

The firm demonstrated the fruits of two years work to a party of oil and gas industry customers

From left: Ennsub's Paul Lavelle, technical director; Scott Macknocher, general manager, and Gordon Conlon, operations director.
From left: Ennsub's Paul Lavelle, technical director; Scott Macknocher, general manager, and Gordon Conlon, operations director.

Subsea manufacturer Ennsub celebrated the culmination of two years work with a live demonstration of its products in front of oil and gas industry seniors.

The Wynyard Business Park-based firm brought a delegation of 20 customers to Dyer Engineering’s Durham premises to showcase their workclass remotely operated vehicle deployment system – which is soon to be installed on a pipe laying vessel the CEONA Amazon.

Ennsub directors chartered a flight from Aberdeen, where the firm operates a base, to bring a party of top customers to the North East.

They were given a working demonstration of Ennsub’s deployment systems which are used in the launch of multi-million pound deep sea exploration equipment from ships.

The system includes electric winching and umbilical handling for operators of WROVs in the offshore oil and gas industry.

General manager Scott Macknocher told The Journal the event represented Ennsub’s growing presence in the offshore engineering market.

He said: “The equipment we’ve shown today is what you might call “ultra high-end”. The technology behind this system will now form the core of our other products.

“The fact that we have this level of technology after two years of trading is impressive.

“We thought it was important to show customers first hand what we have developed. They used to be able to ‘kick the tyres’ with projects like this, but that has become less common.”

Ennsub's launch and recovery systems on display
Ennsub's launch and recovery systems on display
 

Formed by a group of directors with strong subsea manufacturing pedigrees – including Tekmar’s Paul Lavelle and Gordon Conlon – Ennsub has targeted a niche in the market for deployment systems for high-tech deepsea WROVs, built by the likes of North East neighbours SMD.

Employing 12 staff across its Teesside and Aberdeen operations, Ennsub was established to exploit a demand created where the subsea industry had not kept pace.

Mr Machnocher explained: “In the last 10 years the industry has really got its act together, and depending on order pipeline, customers can now get WROVs in a matter of months. However, they were being held up by lack of deployment systems in order to use them – which is where we saw the opportunity.”

Recently Ennsub secured a £2m contract to supply US firm Benthic with a launch and recovery system for its offshore exploration and surveying equipment.

The work will be carried out at Ennsub’s Teesside base, ready for commissioning in the second quarter of 2015.

Mr Machnocher explained that while a slowdown in the offshore engineering industry had been exacerbated by the recent fall of oil prices, Ennsub expected to double its workforce in the next three years.

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